February 27, 2009

Witch Heart (Elemental Witches, Book 3) by Anya Bast

Witch Heart
Characters: 20/20
Setting: 8/10
Plot: 20/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 18/20
Overall: 84/90 93% A-

Number three of the Elemental Witches series by Anya Bast. This book was amazing! The main character is one that we met in Elemental Witches, Book 2.

Claire helped Thomas escape from the demons on the other planet. Now, Rue has thrown Claire through the portal to Earth along with two other demon killers out to capture Claire. The two evil demons what to capture Claire because right before Rue pushed Claire through the portal he imbedded a small portion of demon magic inside of her chest.

Claire wanders Chicago trying to keep the demons far enough away from her so she can find help. She ends up running into a Dr. who does his best to capture her and have her hospitalized in a mental ward. She ends up getting captured but only temporarily until she is able to send out a distress wave to other air witches.

Thomas receives notification from the air witches of Claire's distress and he forms a group for a rescue mission. Adam, who is a fire witch, is ordered to keep her safe. He does that and a whole lot more.

The story behind this book is very detailed. The character development is also extremely detailed. Anya does an amazing job working this story together. I was surprisingly shocked that I liked Claire so much, seeing as she wasn't a main character before this book. It was cool to see Rue again. I'm so looking forward to the next installment!

Buy it now!
Physical book or Kindle Edition!

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February 26, 2009

Cover Art: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

Dear Author had a post up about this cover and I'm wondering what the deal is?

I think it's pretty. If you really look at the details of this cover you can understand exactly what's going on.

The issue over at Dear Author is that the cover art looks pre-teen pornish. I can understand where they are coming from. It does look very anime with a twist of teen porn. BUT take a closer look. Obviously this cover will draw your attention. Pick it up and look at it.

I think it's gorgeous. I'm really interested in finding more out about this book and it's author.

What about you? Failsauce or are you interested too? Share your thoughts here!

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler, November 2009
Jane True is a twenty-something secret night swimmer and unintentional social pariah. Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane has always known she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. She just didn’t know that her absent mother’s legacy would give her entry into a world that included vampires, goblins and succubae.

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February 23, 2009

Lora Leigh: Free Short Story!

A free short story is available from MacMillan Book author: Lora Leigh.

Night Hawk is an original Elite Ops story from Lora Leigh.

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February 19, 2009

The Scavenger Hunt Winners!

If you participated in yesterdays Eyes Like Stars multi-blog scanvenger hunt here are the winners!
Cecelia Pham
Erika Carrubba
Lenore Appelhans
Rylie Chase
Faith Kenney
Lucile Elise
Andie Contreras
Jess (findthetimetoread)
Paradox Revealed
Sandra Dess
Melissa Walker
Karen Kincy
Jill Eileen Robinson
Christy Flynn
Melissa Nunes

Congratulations everyone and thanks for playing!
Your ARC copy should be sent out soon. Lisa is going to assign a winner to each blog owner.

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February 18, 2009

Desire Unchained (Demonica, Book 2) By Larissa Ione

This story is about Demonica brother Shade. We meet him in the first Demonica book that covered his brother’s, Eidolon, story. We learn that Shade, of course, is an incubus just like his other brothers. He ended a relationship with a human woman, Runa Wagner, because she walked in on him “engaged” with two other females. Shade is unique also. He has the ability to “beat” the deep, dark, nasty truths out of women, which ends up being a big part of this story as well.

We find ourselves in a dungeon with Shade and Runa chained apart to the walls. Their captor is very surprising and is the major plot of the story so I will not divulge that info.

Also, Runa is special now.

The captor trys to torture Shade with sexual acts without release. Left to die in his cell after the torture, he asks Runa to hurt him bad. She does and he gets all better. The captor does one hell of a cloak on Shade and Runa which results in them consummating the mating sequence, only Runa doesn’t end up with the tell-tale mating mark on her hand. They end up working together to escape.

Shade and Runa stick together to keep their captor away from Runa. Shade’s bonding has really impacted his defenses and he doesn’t feel safe if Runa isn’t with him.

That’s about as much as I should say about the basic plot of this story. There are a ton of details I didn’t hit on because, frankly, they are too important to just dish out here. The plot is complex and amazingly written. The characters are very likeable. Shade is just adorable in this book. Runa is a kick ass girl who doesn’t take any shit from Shade or his brothers, which is saying a lot when it comes to Wraith. I really enjoyed reading this book. The story and the world of Underground General are two things I appreciate when I read these books in this series.
I’ve already begun reading Passion Unleashed, which is Wraith’s story and I’m soooo looking forward to seeing how Wraith handles his change. Wraith is full of emotion and we get a sneak peek of that in Desire Unchained.


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February 17, 2009

"Eyes Like Stars" Shakespeare Quote!

The Shakespeare quote is located in my blog somewhere!

Find it and copy it for your entry for the "Eyes Like Stars Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt" for your chance to win an ARC (advance readers copy) of the prettiest book ever.

Don't forget to leave a comment here letting me know you visited and found my quote!

The Rules:

  1. Contest limited to those in the USA. Apologies to our friends abroad, but these ARCs are being mailed out by the generous souls on the blogroll, and there will be other contests which will be eligible to readers overseas.
  2. All entrants must be the age of 13 or older. Entrants 12 and under (if any) can be entered by their parents.
  3. No family members of anyone connected with the Scavenger Hunt, please.

How To Play:
  1. Players should start at Lisa's Blog (lisamantchev.livejournal.com) to get the Official Blogroll and List of Clues
  2. Players then need to visit the blogs, collect the quotes, AND leave a comment (like a trail of bread crumbs... we want to know you actually did the leg work!)
  3. E-mail Lisa with your list of quotes: lisa AT lisamantchev DOT com
  4. Prizes will awarded thusly: to those who collect the most quotes. Should more people remit the complete quote list than we have ARCs to give away, Lisa shall award the prizes by lottery/random drawing. She shall also retain the right to add extra ARCs to the prize pool at her discretion.

I haven't had a chance to sit down and begin this book, which I'm very sad about. I wanted to get a few other books off my list before I got to this one. I'm super excited about this book!

If you don't win a copy, don't forget to pre-order a copy so you get it! I'm going to buy a copy just so I can have the cover!

Good luck and have fun!

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February 15, 2009

Win an ARC of Eyes Like Stars!

I'll be participating in the "Collect the Shakespearean Quotes" Multi-blog Scavenger Hunt this week!

Be sure to visit the author's LiveJournal site for more info! Here's a link to her preview.
Check back there on Wednesday for the rules, the blogroll, and the List O' Plays!

Good luck!

Eyes Like Stars Cover

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February 8, 2009

Devil May Cry (Dark-Hunter, Book 11) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Way late review so some details will be lacking!

Devil May Cry (Dark-Hunter, Book 11)

This was an awesome book! I loved reading about Artemis's and Acheron's daughter Kat!
Kat was instructed by Artemis a long time ago to transfer Sin's powers over to Artemis. The claim was that Sin was trying to rape Artemis but of course that wasn't the truth.

Kat was then instructed to kill Sin per her mother's request. Kat and Sin had the instant attraction thing going.

They worked well together fighting the bad guys and finding the key they needed to help Sin's brother.

Acheron played a role in this book too, which was great. Of course he didn't know anything about Kat, which made it interesting. 

BTW, Artemis is a major bitch! And if this book didn't open my eyes, book 12 sealed the deal.

Good read.


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February 7, 2009

Amazon Kindle 2.0 Revealed!

Pictures of the next generation Amazon Kindle have been floating around for a while but it's nearly certain that this is the next Kindle!

Check out more pictures at MobileRead!
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February 6, 2009

Upcoming Reviews

I've been a bit busy lately. I have a few reviews to do but wanted to share some upcoming reviews that I'll be doing once I start and finish these books!

Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Part I by Lisa Mantchev (July 7, 2009) ARC review copy
Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Part I

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville, Book 5) by Carrie Vaughn (Feb. 1, 2009)
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville, Book 5)
Marked by Passion (The Guardians of Destiny) by Kate Perry (Feb. 1, 2009)

Marked by Passion (The Guardians of Destiny)
Stay tuned for these reviews! I have a few other titles that I've already completed and have yet to write and post their reviews. I hope to get to them this weekend!
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